There’s moderately a pair of hand wringing, unhurried singing and flower bringing by formulation of the Dallas Cowboys’ failure to trusty an extended-term agreement with Grand Poppa, their quarterback Dak Prescott. Care for refusing to listen to to the fourth of the 10 Crack Commandments, Jerry and Stephen Jones have been getting excessive on their bear provide, figuratively clearly, believing they don’t have to pay market rate for a franchise quarterback.
We already know the Jones’ are out of pocket by formulation of the underrated Rule 7, failing to maintain family and business separated. They’ve additionally failed at Rule 2, on story of they’ve done nothing but let everyone know they notion on signing Prescott, but the deal isn’t done yet. So the place does the organization trot from here? They are going to desire a QB for Week 1 and admire B.I.G.’s notorious warning, we have 10 probabilities for how things would possibly maybe presumably maybe play out in the instruct with rolexes, the Lexus and Texas license plates.
This present day’s a supreme day to rate Dak. And if no longer at the present time, then the following day.
The #Cowboys… man o man this tall, tiresome crew of ours.
— KD Drummond (@KDDrummondNFL) January 27, 2021
I’ve talked about this subject for so long, I genuinely sat out the remaining several months of dialog and I soundless potentially lead the league in conversations about Prescott and his yet-to-be-signed unique contract. In 2018 I quick Prescott must soundless have been paid $29 million a season once his contract shall be renewed in 2019. In 2019 once it became attainable to rate him, I again idea $29 million became the passable rate.
Then the 2020 season took quandary. Despite Dallas’ shortcoming as a crew, Prescott ascended in Kellen Moore’s offense below Jason Garrett’s regime and $29 million looked admire it would possibly maybe possibly probably presumably have been an incredible deal. For certain the market developed around him, as anticipated, with draft classmates Jared Goff and Carson Wentz surpassing $32 million averages in their extensions. Silent, no deal for Prescott. 2020 came and Prescott played on the franchise impress whereas DeShaun Watson neared and Patrick Mahomes surpassed the $40 million a 365 days plateau.
So now it’s 2021 and because of the a legend-setting rush before a Week 5 injury and the subsequent suckiness that have been the QB performances in his absence, Prescott has extra leverage than before. The Cowboys can technically rate Prescott at any point, but on story of Dallas is Dallas, they will possible wait until the 2021 salary cap is announced in convey that they can building the specifics of the deal around the reductions in cap quandary they’ll have to capture up.
In the intervening time, the NFL quarterback carousel has been place of dwelling ablaze. A few quarterbacks have either retired or hinted at it. A few quarterbacks have demanded a alternate from their present organization. Other quarterbacks have acknowledged they desire out without officially saying it. It’s a topsy turvy world and on story of the Cowboys are the Cowboys, they clearly are entrance and heart in every rumor build out there.
One wants a cheat sheet to maintain tune of all of it. Don’t misfortune fam, we bought you.
Right here’s the varied scenarios that Dallas would possibly maybe presumably maybe undertake, spanning the life like to the perplexing to the ridiculous. We lay all of it out.
The most evident misfortune here.
Dallas would possibly maybe presumably maybe slap a franchise impress on Prescott for the second consecutive season. It would rate 120% of remaining 365 days’s impress ($31.4 million) or $37.7 million.
Franchise tags all seem on the present 365 days’s salary cap, so Dallas will need sufficient room to impress Prescott and follow whatever the 2021 cap is. With the discount from 2020 ($198 million) that will be as low as $175 million, which is a miles utter from what became projected (presumably over $210 million) when they signed all these avid gamers before the pandemic.
The Cowboys can impress Prescott anytime between February 23 and March 9, so if there’s no agreement before that window completes, this would possibly maybe well presumably maybe simply practically assuredly happen.
If Prescott is tagged again, the club will have from that point until July 15 to figure out an extended-term deal, or else he’ll play on that number. They can no longer negotiate an extended-term deal after that point.
No participant has been tagged twice and returned to their crew the following 365 days as a third impress expenses 144% of the outdated impress.
For Prescott, that can presumably maybe maybe be a one-365 days preference of $54.2 million.
The Cowboys don’t have to impress Prescott, though that can presumably maybe maybe be the prudent thing to perform if there’s no deal struck before the beginning of the league 365 days on March 17.
At that point, Prescott would possibly maybe presumably maybe maybe be allowed to negotiate any of the other 31 groups as an unrestricted free agent. All bets would possibly maybe presumably maybe maybe be off, but he’d soundless be in a position to negotiate with the Cowboys, correct without the parameters of the franchise impress.
This would possibly maybe well presumably maybe maybe be a harmful sport for Dallas, but one they would possibly maybe presumably maybe simply are trying and spin as an olive division.
So if the Cowboys aren’t interested in meeting Prescott’s demands, then another risk is to impress him and find a alternate partner. Prescott would have to passable any switch; even with out a no alternate clause he’d have to be willing to rate an extended-term agreement with the other crew.
Dallas would possible be in a position to command a rather smaller bounty as what Houston is rumored to be in line for if they have been to alternate Deshaun Watson; which is being rumored as three first-round picks. Dallas would possibly maybe presumably maybe potentially assemble two firsts and other concerns, but the truth an acquiring crew would soundless have to pay a signing bonus to Prescott makes him just a miniature much less handsome than Watson, a equally expert participant.
It’s an enticing bounty if the Jones family has been lying about believing Prescott is their man for the long-term future, or if they correct refuse to meet his salary demands and pay him at market rate.
If they alternate Prescott, then considered one of the following 5 moves would have to be made along with that.
The most up-to-date one making the rounds, and the one which would possibly maybe presumably maybe simply have legs. Or no longer lower than toes. The Jones’ family is enamored with Stafford and there are rumors floating that former NFC North coach Mike McCarthy is as properly.
Stafford is a correct quarterback who has played on a bunch of hideous groups, but in no formulation is he as correct as Prescott.
He additionally received’t be as costly so the balance here is that if Dallas thinks improving the crew around Stafford will beef up his play and this shall be correct sufficient to compete with.
It would rate Dallas possible a most essential-round consume to attain Stafford, so No. 10 would possibly maybe presumably maybe maybe be out the door. With a pair of of the other alternate proposals being floated, Dallas would possibly maybe presumably maybe assemble help a mid-round consume in the change. They’d additionally assemble two years of Stafford for correct $43 million, which would possibly maybe presumably maybe finish up being nearer to Prescott’s moderate salary at this point.
In theory, Dallas gets acceptable QB play with what they imagine a severely better head coach and OC than Stafford’s ever had, with extra cap quandary than if they rate Prescott.
Rodgers has been coy in the press about returning to the Packers, but he clearly is pissed they drafted Jordan Love in the 2020 first round. He’s looking for assurances but it smells admire he genuinely needs to be traded.
Silent as kept, the Packers have cap points and trading Rodgers would place them around $5.6 million in quandary. He expenses correct $22.85 against the cap this 365 days and $25.5 million each of the following two years.
He’ll desire a novel deal and he’s confirmed he soundless has several years left at an elite degree. The ask is what degree of compensation would possibly maybe presumably maybe maybe be required to attain him. Most most possible two first round picks is the place the dialog starts.
If the Cowboys had a bounty bought for Prescott, then they’d have the ammunition to gain Watson without mortgaging their future. So whereas it’s miles no longer life like to people who admire Prescott to construct what would seem a lateral switch, there is merit at some degree.
Watson would rate Dallas $10.5 million in salary and quandary in 2021, then $35 million, $37 million, $32 million and $32 million over the next four seasons.
Conversations that recommend Dallas would must alternate Houston Prescott and two further first round picks construct zero sense. Now no longer as much as zero sense genuinely.
Nevertheless trading Prescott and No. 10 for Watson and some Day 2 picks (which would possibly maybe presumably maybe maybe be what trading Prescott out and then trading for Watson in truth looks admire) isn’t as tainted, despite the incontrovertible truth that it’s much wiser to correct pay Prescott.
If Dallas moved on from Prescott, another other would possibly maybe presumably maybe maybe be to correct play the QB lottery and draft a main-10 QB.
Spoiler Alert: That is some distance too harmful to be a correct recommendation.
Neutral stumble on thru the history of first-round draft picks; it’s hit or omit whether the man will ever finish the development Prescott already has. Nevertheless that will be what things come to for Dallas.
If they bought a bounty trading Prescott away, some or all of those picks shall be archaic to alternate as much as trusty their man, or they would possibly maybe presumably maybe maintain tight at 10 and consume someone soundless obtainable there. The pandemic rules about in-particular person exercises and interviews makes this much extra harmful, but again, here we are.
Now no longer every franchise QB is adopted by a franchise QB. Cowboys fans have every motive to misfortune the abyss between Troy Aikman and Tony Romo and with Jerry Jones’ advancing age that looks admire something he’d never help in mind.
Nevertheless Dallas would possibly maybe presumably maybe find themselves with a placeholder QB for a 365 days or two if everything falls down in this dance.
Right here’s an inventory of names they’d help in mind.
- Jacoby Brissett
- Mitchell Trubisky
- Tyrod Taylor
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Andy Dalton
- Jameis Winston
- Jimmy Garoppolo (currently below contract with SF)
LOL. By no formulation assemble excessive on your bear provide.